President Kovind in his farewell speech

In his farewell address, outgoing President Ram Nath Kovind called on political parties to rise above partisan politics in the national interest and decide what is necessary for the welfare of the people.

President Ram Nath Kovind delivers a farewell speech in parliament. Sansad TV

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind delivered a moving farewell speech in parliament on Saturday, a day before the end of his term. “MPs should always follow the Gandhian philosophy while exercising their rights of debate and dissent in the House,” the outgoing Speaker said.

President Kovind also called on political parties to rise above partisan politics in the national interest and decide what is necessary for the welfare of the people.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha President Om Birla jointly presented a souvenir to President Kovind.

5 key takeaways from outgoing President Ram Nath Kovind’s farewell speech

– Five years ago, I was sworn in as President of India here at Central Hall. All MPs have a special place in my heart

– I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Council of Ministers, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Lok Sabha President Om Birla for their support during my tenure

– Will always be grateful to the citizens of the country for giving me the opportunity to serve as the President of India

– Parliament is a temple of democracy. I have always considered myself part of the big family, which included parliamentarians. They may have differences sometimes like any family, but they should work together for the larger interests of the country.

– I performed my duties to the best of my abilities

Ram Nath Kovind also congratulated President-elect Draupadi Murmu, who will be sworn in as the 15th President of India on Monday July 25. She will be the first tribal person to hold the nation’s highest constitutional office.

“I warmly congratulate Draupadi Murmu on being elected as the next president, the country will benefit from her guidance,” said the outgoing president.

President Kovind also said, “The world is struggling with the COVID pandemic. I hope we learn from the pandemic, we have forgotten that we are all part of nature. In difficult times, India’s efforts have been praised around the world.

The speech comes a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted a farewell dinner for outgoing President Ram Nath Kovind. He became the 14th President of India in 2017.

With contributions from agencies

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